This 1,000-HP, rear-drive Toyota Corolla iM is for sale

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We were amazed last year when we learned that Papadakis Racing built Fredric Aasbo a rear-drive, 1,000-horsepower 2017 Toyota Corolla iM for drifting. Now we’re amazed that the car could end up in the hands of an average person, because the car is currently going for auction on Bring A Trailer.

Just as a quick recap for those that might have missed hearing about the car last year, the little Toyota hatch features a turbocharged and nitrous-injected 2.7-liter 2AR-series four-cylinder. Variants of that engine are found in older Toyota RAV4s and Camrys. According to Bring A Trailer, the engine hits 1,000 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque when running on E85. Power goes through a four-speed dog box manual transmission to the rear wheels.

Now there is the question of what you would do with such a mad machine. One possibility is to run it again in the Formula Drift series the car was built for. Bring A Trailer reports that it should be legal for the 2019 season, and with extra parts and wheels, you would be in a good spot to get started. The seller does note that all the graphics and sponsor decals would have to be removed if it’s entered again. Even if you didn’t run it in a professional drift series, it would probably be a fun car to use in more grassroots drift events or even just as a track car of some sort.

There’s also one more potential option that would be totally absurd. You see, it appears Papdakis Racing started with a factory-built, street legal Corolla iM that could have easily gone on to see a life of ferrying a young couple or family around in efficient, affordable style. As such, it should have a VIN that could be used to register and insure the car without too much trouble. It even still has functional lights. As long as you’re in a state that doesn’t have modification or emissions restrictions, it could be possible to make this a street car. Now we’re not positive on this, so do your due diligence before plunking down cash for it, but it does seem possible, and it would be crazy and awesome.

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